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11-17-2014 04:36 PM
FordService
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Originally Posted by TurbineWagon View Post
Well, I've been watching our MK3's coolant slowly disappear since the start of September, and now I actually can smell coolant outside the car when it is warmed up. Car has 13,600 miles.

Did some hunting today and found the lower expansion tank hose has dried coolant goo on the underside of it, so it appears to have been leaking. Debating on taking it to my dealer (which sucks) or just putting a better hose clamp on it and calling it good. I just don't want that hose clamp to upset them if I ever have to make a warranty claim.

Thoughts? I'm 90% sure if I take it to these guys they'll return it to me cleaned up and say they couldn't find the leak.
Hi TurbineWagon,

When you have a date in mind for the appointment, please send me a PM with your VIN, updated mileage, best daytime phone number, full name, and dealer name/location.

Meagan
11-16-2014 05:18 PM
TurbineWagon I scheduled an appointment for Wednesday, we'll see how it goes.
11-16-2014 02:30 PM
sailor Take it to them & point out what you found.

Let them investigate & repair.

Yes, just putting a hose camp on & calling it done seems like the easy fix. Devil's advocate says - "what if it got tweaked at some point & the outlet to that bottle is cracked? Take it to them untouched & you get it taken care of free.

That exact thing happened to me with a washer bottle many years ago, it was much nicer not to pay for the replacement.
11-16-2014 02:18 PM
TurbineWagon Well, I've been watching our MK3's coolant slowly disappear since the start of September, and now I actually can smell coolant outside the car when it is warmed up. Car has 13,600 miles.

Did some hunting today and found the lower expansion tank hose has dried coolant goo on the underside of it, so it appears to have been leaking. Debating on taking it to my dealer (which sucks) or just putting a better hose clamp on it and calling it good. I just don't want that hose clamp to upset them if I ever have to make a warranty claim.

Thoughts? I'm 90% sure if I take it to these guys they'll return it to me cleaned up and say they couldn't find the leak.
11-14-2014 12:22 PM
FordService
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Originally Posted by Mr.N00bLaR View Post
Hmm... Sadly after owning my car for 8 months / ~12,600. I am in a similar trend, coolant is disappearing from my res tank steadily. I guess I will look around the drivers side so I can point out if I have the same slow leak as you guys before I take it in. Ugh..
Hi Mr. N00bLaR,

Were you able to resolve this concern? Please let me know so I can see how to best assist.

Meagan
11-07-2014 02:46 AM
sailor A good mixture is also required for boil over protection down South..


Up north I've seen the other extreme more often. Adding straight unmixed coolant 'till the percentage nears 100% resulting in overheating as it turns to slush in cold weather (note the right side of the chart). It'll overheat at higher than the official freeze point as the thick mixture doesn't circulate adequately.
11-06-2014 08:19 AM
wavsine
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Originally Posted by Seminoles View Post
I just topped off with distilled water.
You can do that since you live in Florida and have little concern about subzero weather. A single top up with distilled water did not likely change your antifreeze ratio that much. You will probably still retain enough corrosion protection if you go 60/40 on the water/antifreeze mix and still be protected to more than -20. I would start to worry about corrosion if you go any higher.

Our friends up north should have at least 50% antifreeze. Maximum freeze protection occurs around 65-70%.
11-06-2014 05:07 AM
Seminoles
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Originally Posted by Mr.N00bLaR View Post
Interesting - that's worth trying. How should I replenish what's gone? Just distilled water or should I grab coolant?

I just topped off with distilled water.
11-05-2014 10:01 PM
Mr.N00bLaR Awesome, I'll pick up a gallon of that and spray the ring see what happens. If there is an actual leak I'm sure I will see it. I will mark cold and warm locations after filling up. I looked on the driveway and at the cover or whatever the material is on the bottom that hides the engine bay from sight. No leak stains or anything. I didn't really see any white / evaporated coolant anywhere but I didn't tear down.
11-05-2014 09:54 PM
wavsine
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Originally Posted by sailor View Post
Always premix coolant for a top up.
^ And make sure you use Motorcraft Orange VC-3-B in the MK3.

Available premix 50/50 or concentrated.
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